Tennessee First Lady coming to Fayetteville

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

Crissy Haslam

First Lady Crissy Haslam

First Lady of Tennessee Crissy Haslam will be in Fayetteville later this month for the Imagination Library of Lincoln County event “Look Who’s Reading” as well as to encourage children to sign-up for library cards.

Additionally, she will also be speaking to the Retired Teachers of Lincoln County during a noon-time luncheon.

The events are all planned for Wednesday, April 24, according to organizers.

First Lady Haslam, along with Theresa Carl, director of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, will first speak to members of the Retired Teachers of Lincoln County during a 12 noon luncheon at Shoney’s Restaurant in Fayetteville. The program will focus on the Imagination Library and the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation. All retired teachers are invited to attend.

Then, at 2 p.m. that afternoon, Mrs. Haslam and Ms. Carl will be at the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Public Library for an event hosted by both the Public Library and the Imagination Library of Lincoln County.

“First Lady Haslam will be at the Library to encourage children to sign up for Library cards,” said Jillian Rael, Library director. “This is a joint event with the Imagination Library, and we welcome everyone in Lincoln County to come out and meet Mrs. Haslam and learn more about the Imagination Library and the benefits of receiving a free book per month for your child.”

The Imagination Library encourages literacy by sending one book per month to all enrolled children up to the age of 5 in Lincoln County. The program is free, and all parents need to do is register their child or children.

As part of the afternoon’s activities, the Imagination Library here will be hosting the event “Look Who’s Reading” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Library.

“All children are invited to come get their first library card,” said Teresa Brown, who heads the Imagination Library of Lincoln County. “Each child attending will also receive a book bag and bookmark. Refreshments will also be served.”

Currently, there are 1,278 children enrolled in the Imagination Library of Lincoln County program. Since its inception in 2005, 113,023 books have been mailed to Lincoln County children as part of the effort.

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